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Unintended Lessons from Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
by L. Reichard White

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Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

So Mr. Trump removes a handful of U.S. troops from part of Syria and both halves of the War Party go ape excrement.

The talking point is the same for both halves: "OMG, we’ve abandoned our allies and they’re all going to die! Especially the women and children."

Never mind that U.S. forces regularly kill men, women and children all around the world themselves, day in and day out. The Obama Administration set the standard: According to top Obama officials Madeline Albright and Bill Richardson, 500,000 dead Iraqi kids in pursuit of U.S. foreign policy is justified.

But never mind because within six days, those abandoned Kurds had allied themselves with Syria’s Assad Regieme for protection. And Assad’s troops had moved to the Turkish border, reasserting at least part of it’s lost sovereignty.

So one unintended lesson from Trump’s Syria withdrawl is that when foreigners butt out, things improve. Rapidly.

This isn’t the only time foreigners butting-out improved things.

For example, despite the MilitaryIndustrialCongressional part of Deep State expectations, when the Brits "abandoned" Basra in Iraq during one of the Iraq so-called wars, this was the result:

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Residents of Iraq’s southern city of Basra have begun strolling riverfront streets again after four years of fear, their city much quieter since British troops withdrew from the grand Saddam Hussein-era Basra Palace. …Mortar rounds, rockets and small arms fire crashed almost daily into the palace, making life hazardous for British and Iraqis alike in Iraq’s second-largest city. To many Basrans the withdrawal of the British a month ago removed a proven target.
—Iraqis say Basra quieter after British troop pullout, Aref Mohammed,, Mon Oct 1, 2007 3:12pm BST

Locals need to handle their problems themselves because they’re the ones who must adapt to their own ecological niche. Adding foreigners at best complicates matters, at worst causes the problems in the first place.

And U.S. forces in Syria are definitely viewed as foreigners. Unlike Russia, which had been invited in, according to the centuries old Treaty of Westphalia, the U.S. shouldn’t be there in the first place. Because "it" wasn’t invited. Not that international law matters anymore.

That foreign intervention doesn’t work is the universal lesson from "The Battle of Algiers" called "one of the most influential political films in history ." It seems likely that Gen. David Petreus was aware of the lessons from this film when he guided the "surge" out of Basra and Iraq conflict in 2008.

Apparently the D.C. War Party minions are ignorant of that history lesson. Of course they are.

Another unintended lesson: You can’t trust the U.S. government. The Kurds should have learned that from the first Iraq so-called war when Daddy Bush encouraged Kurdish revolt against Saddam but allowed Iraqi helicopter gun-ships to massacre them when they did.

This is by no means unique to the Kurds. Eventually this will cause what the D.C. mechanism wishfully calls "the international community" to shrink even further, making its chronic foreign crimes more difficult to disguise.

Do you suppose George Washington actually knew something when he advised in his farewell address that the Republic should "avoid entangling foreign alliances?"

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L. Reichard White [send him mail] taught physics, designed and built a house, ran for Nevada State Senate, served two terms on the Libertarian National Committee, managed a theater company, etc. For the next few decades, he supported his writing habit by beating casinos at their own games. His hobby, though, is explaining things he wishes someone had explained to him. You can find a few of his other explanations listed here.

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